‘Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory’: Civil War Sesquicentennial Events in North Carolina

The American Civil War wrought great hardship upon the state and nation.  North Carolina suffered at least 35,000 deaths, one-quarter of all Confederates lost, and felt more than its share of pain.  The nation and state survived the war years, 1861-1865, but at great price. 
In observance of the Civil War sesquicentennial (www.nccivilwar150.com) the N.C. Department [...]

MOA examines 150 years of Civil War history Saturday

This is a special year for Civil War buffs and historians. This is the sesquicentennial for the war between the states, and Museum of the Albemarle is not only ready to host its annual living history event, it will also be examining the lives of two war veterans this weekend.
The museum will present its Civil [...]

Historian studies track of Underground Railroad

A possible Underground Railroad site in Plymouth, commonly referred to as the Armistead House, will receive a visit from a notable historian Thursday to determine whether the house was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Carl Westmoreland, senior historian with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, wants to determine if the house was [...]

Bowen Family Letters Tell a 150-year-old Story in Historic Bath Exhibit

A new display at Historic Bath, “The Civil War at Home: Uncovering Local History Through Family Letters,” will highlight some of the ways readers can glean bits of local knowledge 150 years later through personal letters exchanged during this pivotal era in American history. Canteens, spectacles, binoculars and belt buckles from the Civil War era [...]

Breakfast to be served on CSS Neuse II Saturday

The menu will be a far cry from the simple fare of Civil War sailors. And the setting, while authentically replicated, will be a “spruced up” version of their mealtime surroundings.
The idea, though, is simple and basic — to provide a chance to imagine what it might have been like for sailors on the CSS [...]

Lecture about slaves’ side of Civil War set for Jan. 15

A Civil War lecture Jan. 15 arranged by Somerset Place State Historic Site in Creswell has been moved to a new location because of anticipated interest.
The program “The Impact and Implication of the Civil War from the Enslaved Person’s Perspective: Forced to Aid My Enemies’ Cause,” is at 2 p.m. in the Vernon G. James [...]

Lenoir County kicks off 150th anniversary of the Civil War

Throughout 2011, Lenoir County will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Lucy Marston, director of Lenoir County Tourism, said the county will kickoff the sesquicentennial with a weekend of Civil War speakers, artwork and tours.
The kickoff weekend, which will begin Friday, Jan. 28, will also give local Civil War buffs an opportunity to [...]

Book comes back to Fort Fisher

In case you haven’t noticed, the 146th anniversary of the battle of Fort Fisher is sneaking up. As it turns out, the state historic site and its non-profit support group, the Friends of Fort Fisher, are gearing up for major festivities on Saturday, Jan. 15 — 146 years to the day after a Union Army ground [...]

New Markers Extend Civil War Trails across North Carolina

Burning bacon or a bridge, firing on a church or scribbling in a courthouse, moving toward or away from troop supplies, all are tales told on North Carolina’s most recently erected Civil War Trails markers (www.civilwartrails.org). 
The 12 newest markers are among nearly 200 in the state, and part of a network including Maryland, Virginia, West [...]

Bentonville’s Harper House Re-opens for Tours after Repairs

After months of being closed for plaster repair work, the Harper House at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site re-opens today for guided tours. Tours are given on the hour beginning at 10 a.m., with the last tour at 4 p.m. Admission and tours are free to the public. 
During the 1865 Battle of Bentonville, the Harper [...]